PFMA Board Welcomes McLane’s Charles Irons

By Thomas Mulloy — The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association this week welcomed Charles Irons, market director for McLane Co., to its board of directors.

In 2009, Irons started his career with McLane Co. as market director. He has led management responsibilities for Circle K, Thorntons, TravelCenters of America, Speedway, EG America and QuickChek, along with several regional accounts. Currently, he is responsible for teammates in the Northeast portion of the United States, which encompasses 13 states.

Irons was a mentor during the first McLane Sales Mentoring Program and led new sales hire training nationally.

Irons spent the first part of his career working as a division manager in North Alabama for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. He managed 2,400 accounts and 10 sales representatives. In this role, he oversaw sales responsibilities for 15 distributor accounts and 24 convenience store accounts. Irons developed marketing plans for six specific geographical assignments during his tenure.

“We are excited to welcome Charles and the experience he brings to the PFMA board of directors,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “McLane is a longtime supporter of the association, and we value having their voice on the board.”

Irons graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. He is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Irons has also served as president of the Kentucky Wholesale and Distributor Association, executive board member of the Kentucky Grocers and Convenience Store Association, president of Austin Touchdown Club and Decatur Youth Soccer.

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, a statewide trade association, advocates the views of nearly 800 convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors. PFMA members operate more than 4,000 stores and employ more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians.

Source: Convenience Store Decisions

Video: Honoring Today’s Top C-Store Leaders & Rising Stars

DES MOINES, Iowa — Applauding the accomplishments of veteran convenience channel leaders while recognizing the potential of rising stars in the industry took center stage as Convenience Store News hosted its 35th annual Hall of Fame awards gala and fourth annual Future Leaders in Convenience (FLIC) Summit back-to-back on Nov. 11.

This year, CSNews welcomed retailer inductee Kyle Krause, founder and CEO of Krause Group, the parent company of Kum & Go LC, and supplier inductee Vito Maurici, senior vice president of sales and trade relations for McLane Co. Inc., into the Hall of Fame.

The night also honored Retailer Executive of the Year Kevin Smartt, CEO of Texas Born Inc. (formerly Kwik Chek); and Special Service Award recipient Roy Strasburger, president and CEO of StrasGlobal.

The dinner capped off a day that previously celebrated 25 rising stars who are ready to bring convenience and fuel retailing to the next level. This year’s FLIC class was the largest yet. Recipients are young convenience retailer leaders (aged 35 and under) who are poised to be at the forefront of the industry’s future. 

The program’s goal is to celebrate and help develop the next generation of convenience store industry leaders by recognizing the achievements of a select few emerging leaders, while providing a forum for talented young businesspeople to hone their leadership skills. 

Both events were held in Des Moines, home of Kum & Go.

Watch the video below for highlights of the day’s happenings.

Sponsors of the 35th annual CSNews Hall of Fame awards gala included Anheuser-Busch, Altria Group Distribution Co., BIC, The Hershey Co., McLane Co. Inc., Mondelez International, and Reynolds Marketing Services Co. Reynolds also is the founding and presenting sponsor of CSNews’ Future Leaders in Convenience program.

Source: Convenience Store News